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PHOTOS: Raila distances himself from NCCK prime minister talk




Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, Thursday met with former assistant secretary of state for African affair and ex-ambassador to Kenya, Jonnie Carson, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, who was in the US capital to give a talk on the political situation in Kenya, distanced himself from the calls for the creation of prime minister’s post, as championed by a section of National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).

“”I am not desperate for a job and that is a cheap way of looking at it,” he said.

On the ongoing presidential election petitions at the Supreme court, Odinga said; “The outcome of the current petitions will not be the solution for Kenya’s crisis.”

Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga (Center) poses for a photo with former assistant secretary for African Affairs, Amb Johnnie Carson and former US ambassador to Kenya Mark Bellamy. PHOTO/BMJ MURIITHI

Odinga,  who pulled out of the presidential election in late October, chastised the West for what he called a lackluster interest in promotion of democracy in Africa and urged Washington to do more.

“The same standards for other countries should apply for African nations,”  he told the packed auditorium.

Carson is best remembered for his “Choices have consequences” quip, shortly before the 2013 Kenya general election which was taken by many to mean that he opposed the election of the Uhuruto duo, who were then facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

Mr Odinga sits down with BMJ Muriithi for a one-on-one interview Thursday.

He was the US envoy to Kenya between 1999 and 2003 and was named as assistant secretary of state for the bureau of African affairs on May 7, 2009.

At the CSIS on Thursday, Mr Odinga told of how Kenya is headed in the wrong direction following a series of events leading to the recently concluded repeat presidential election.

The event coordinator, Mark Bellamy, who also served as the an envoy to Kenya, had earlier told the audience that Mr Odinga would offer a prognosis  for Kenya’s democratic, health, peace and stability.

In the auditorium, among others, was the deputy Chief of Mission at Kenya’s embassy in Washington, David Kahiro Gavccheru.


Here is the video courtesy of CSIS:





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VIDEO: For Kimani Wanguhu, 22 years in US have borne fruits as he owns 2 successful business in two worlds




Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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Kenyan Community Church in Ohio, US invites you to a fundraiser this Sunday



This Sunday March 25th ,  Go Ye Outreach Ministries in Columbus, Ohio will be having a fundraiser as it seeks to get a new place to worship The Lord.

“Over the past year, we have experienced tremendous growth with people coming forward to serve not only in the church but also in the community. With growth we need a bigger facility and more resources to continue to sustain this,” says Mr George Njoroge, the Media Director.

“We would like to invite you to help support us to build this house for the lord. We need the support of the community. This church will be here to be used by the community at large and by anyone that needs it,”  he adds.

The function starts at 1230 on March 25th 2018 at 4251 Maize Rd, Columbus Ohio 43224.

Donate online.



Thank you and may God bless you.

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Heart-rending photo of ailing Njambi Koikai after surgery moves Kenyans



Radio journalist Njambi Koikai has posted a photo of her admitted in a United States hospital that has moved thousands of her fans, who are wishing her a speedy recovery.Koikai, a former radio presenter with the Nation Media Group, has been battling Thoracic Endometriosis, an abnormal growth of endometrial cells outside the uterus, which has seen her move from one hospital to another both in Kenya and overseas seeking treatment.

She says she has been in hospital for two weeks now and had four chest tubes inserted and also needs a walker to go to the bathroom and for physiotherapy.

She laments the endometriosis, which first manifested when she was 13 years old, had spread so much and the scar tissue plus the placement of wrong chest tubes back at Kenya created the mess.

“My cardiothoracic surgeon here cannot believe all what had been to my chest and right lung area.
God has been so great. Your prayers are reaching God’s ears, heart, soul and mind. He sees and hears all. Thank you for all your prayers, love and support. We all focusing on healing and therapy. So the last two weeks have been filled with agony, pain, tears and more tears. But we serve a living God. 3 chest tubes were removed 2 days ago and i only have one small one left. I’m now able to walk on my own. Breathe easy. Talk and laugh etc,” she writes.

Before the disease took a toll on her, Njambi was popular figure in the entertainment industry. Through her Street Empire Entertainment Company, the former Metro FM and QFM host and DJ organised and held various gigs across the country.

She is now appealing to well wishers to assist her financially through Jahmby Koikai Fund. Paybill Number is 490681. She has previously undergone a series of surgeries, the last one being in the United States last year.

We wish her a speedy and full recovery as soon as possible.

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